Oh, we had a grand time at the September Show and Tell. We ran out of time to see every thing that everyone was showing and telling… so look for another to be scheduled soon. Here’s what you witnessed or missed:
John Rhea, Curry Website:
- Curry Website Redesign (http://curry.virginia.edu/)
- Responsive design
- New way of putting up content and organizing it around the key audience user experience (prospective students, more of an undergrad focus than before)
- Uses expression engine
- Centered around UVA central branding
Zach Wheat & Lana Elam, the A&S redesign:
- Arts & Sciences Website Redesign (http://as.virginia.edu/)
- Used Journey Group for design work
- See this as a portal to lead users to other areas in a clear, clean, effective way
- Large story area is less of a news item section and more of a “magazine”esque feature/storytelling area.
- Uses drupal
- “Notes” area at bottom is for announcemens, events, promos.
Mary Cook, Guerilla Usability Testing:
- Great handout shared during her discussion.
- Tests within 1 hour, grabs 5 people for 5 minutes.
- Don’t test your own work. (Wise words!)
Valerie Harness, Handy Project Tools:
- Handy Tools for Site Redesign Project, User Testing
- InvisionApp (invisionapp.com) = great platform that allows you free use of 1 project within it. Can upload prototype screens and use system to annotate, draw/build/alter, share information about template expectations or needs with other parties in project. Definitely worth checking it out.
- SolidifyApp (solidifyapp.com) = Great way to build user testing prototypes for free/cheap to use when testing is needed. Records user interaction with prototypes for future reference.
Rich Gregory: PHP meets Google Calendar
- Engineering School Project, Calendar Work
- Great onepager explaining his methods hosted via his public space – linked here.
Joel Pattison, McIntre Web:
Joel began to show some cool, new changes coming to the McIntire site…. but, we ran out of time… so more of these fun sessions seem likely to follow.